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Michel Witter in discussion panel online PHTR Conference, University of Twente

Caradt researcher Michel Witter joins a discussion panel at the online conference arrowPhilosophy of Human-Technology Relations (PHTR) at the University of Twente between 4 and 7 November 2020.

Discussion panel

Michel joins the discussion panel about design, use and ethics of sensory augmentation technology. Sensory Augmentation technology is a sub-category of Human Enhancement technology which is already commercially available for widespread use. The technology expands the subjects’ perceptual field, creating new sensory experiences, such devices include: magnetic implants; navigational devices – NorthSense and feelSpace belt; and Augmented Reality devices. At this time little is known about the effects of the technology and no regulations have been made to direct its development and implementation. This panel will focus on the practical use of SA technologies, focusing on the ethical implications and effects of design.

Michel Witter will look at the use of situated design practices to gain better insight into the subjective experience of sensory substitution technology and relevant practical factors from contextual use. The other participants of the panel are Stephanie Gauttier who will analyse the ethical issues stemming from the use of sensory augmentation at work, be it by individual employees or teams. Imre Bard who will draw on interviews conducted with users of AR, offering insights into the lived experience of AR as an extension of users’ cognitive and perceptual toolkit. Lesley-Ann Daly (organiser) will focus on the use of critical and participatory design methodologies to create an ethical design framework for commercial Sensory Augmentation technologies.

Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations Conference

The conference is a four-day digital event to explore the relations between humans and technologies at the intersection of philosophy, design, ethics, art, and engineering. To join, register arrowon the site.

Embodied Interaction

This research focuses on the design of tactile interfaces, using sensor technology.

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‘Investigating the potential of sensory augmentation to bridge the sensory gap between deaf and hearing.’

Michel Witter is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group and a tutor at the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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